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Best Syndication - Politics and Elections


New Chairperson of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:16:33 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The Board of Supervisors (BOS) took a vote on Tuesday and unanimously elected Supervisor Gary Ovitt as Vice Chair and Janice Rutherford as Chairman of the Board. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzalez has been the Board Chair for the past two years.

Rutherford, whose second district encompasses parts of Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and the mountain resorts, called the election a privilege. “The Board has made tremendous strides over the past two years to focus on the County Vision and to restore public faith in County Government,” Rutherford said.

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New Supervisors for San Bernardino County

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:38:39 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Last year’s elections ushered in two new elected officials on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS). Robert A. Lovingood was elected to the First District BOS and James Ramos replaced outgoing supervisor Neil Derry in the third district.

Lovingood took over the seat vacated by Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt who ran for Congress. Colonel Paul Cook was sworn in to the 113th House of Representatives today. Cook and Gregg Imus battled for the newly reapportioned California 8th congressional district in November.

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San Bernardino County Considers Campaign Finance Reform

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 06:12:42 +0000


(Best Syndication News) A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown could help pave the way for the county to adopt and enforce new campaign finance reform laws. The new law is welcome news for County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Assembly bill 2146, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Cook at the request of the county supervisors, will allow the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to enforce campaign finance rules adopted by the county.

“Now the Board can move forward with adopting campaign finance rules that limit campaign contributions and help thwart influence peddling by deep-pocket donors,” Second District Supervisor Rutherford tells Best Syndication. This will be effective and affordable for the county, according to the supervisor.

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Congressman Says Federal Government is Operating on Unsustainable Deficits

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:52:11 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA) said this week that the federal deficit is out of control and unsustainable. The congressman said that the new 2013 budget proposal by Chairman Paul Ryan could put America back on track.

“We are facing the most predictable crisis in U.S. history”, McKeon tells Best Syndication. “The federal government is consistently operating on unsustainable deficits, we have a dangerous $15 trillion and climbing national debt, and absent reform, it is a mathematical impossibility for government programs to fulfill their promises in the 21st century.”

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Supervisors Agree to Cut Benefits

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:11:45 +0000


(Best Syndication News) At their meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) agreed to cut their benefits. The move could save the taxpayer more than $240,000 per year.

David Wert, a spokesperson for the county, tells Best Syndication that during last year’s Grand Jury review of salaries, it was determined that changes needed to be made. Although the county charter limits the salaries to comparable salaries in Orange and Riverside Counties, the benefits were out of line.

This prompted Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to propose a change.

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Presidential Dollar Coins production downsized to save US Government $50 Million Annually

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:39:05 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The US Presidential dollar coins were not as popular as first anticipated and will be scaled back to save taxpayers' money. Since the 2005 Presidential $1 Coin Act, the US Mint has accumulated a 40 percent surplus of these coins that were returned to the Federal Reserve because not enough people wanted to use them.

Sitting in storage at Federal Reserve Bank vaults is over $1.4 billion in these Presidential dollar coins. Vice President Biden and U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Geithner said that this excess is enough to supply Americans with these coins for the next decade.

The US Mint plans were to make another 1.6 billion coins up until 2016. However, the Obama Administration is putting halt for producing more $1 coins to be used for circulation. However, the law still requires that the coins be minted in small numbers in order for coin collectors to purchase. The new coins would not cost taxpayers money to produce.

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SuperCommittee Fails to Reach an Agreement

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:17:12 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The supercommittee failed to reach an agreement this weekend in Washington setting in motion possible automatic budget reductions. This sent the stock market lower Monday as nervous investors begin to price-in a sweeping decrease in government spending.

The committee was constructed as a result of the debt-ceiling crisis and the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was passed on August 2, 2011. The sub-committee is composed of 12 members: six Senators and six Representatives. The members were split evenly among Democrats and Republicans.

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Public Redistricting Meeting Announced

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:30:00 +0000


(Best Syndication News) As the deadline for redistricting approaches, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has announced a public meeting.

David Wert, spokesperson for the county, tells Best Syndication that the meeting will be held at noon on Friday, September 16th. This is part of the process to meet the November 1st cut-off date.

Wert says that the “first reading” of the ordinance will need to occur at least 10-days before the adoption of the plan. The ordinance can not take effect before 30-days after that. “Friday's meeting is an important step toward meeting the state deadline,” Wert said.

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US Postal Service could face Default by the end of September

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 21:56:40 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The United States Postal Service may default if they cannot come up with $5.5 billion to pay for a pre-funded retiree health benefit plan, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. He warned that if legislation were not enacted by the end of this month, the Postal Service would default.

Donahoe explained the financial crisis to a Senate committee today. The $5.5 billion was a congress-mandated annual payment that the US Postal Service is not prepared to pay this year. Additionally, Donahoe said that in order to return to a profitable operation, the postal service would need to reduce their career workforce to approximately 220,000 by 2015. There is a problem with downsizing their employees because of existing collective bargaining agreements.

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LULAC Contests San Bernardino Redistricting Plan

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:51:45 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Although the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a redistricting plan, there may be a snag.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of the Inland Empire announced that the plan does not comply with the Voting Rights Act and offered three alternative plans of their own. The group will contest the current plan.

According to David Wert, spokesperson to the county, the organization stated that "there is still only one Latino majority district in San Bernardino County under the current draft maps proposed by the Board of Supervisors”. LULAC says that there should be at least two Hispanic majority districts.

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San Bernardino County Placed on CreditWatch Negative after Lawmakers Fail to Reach Agreement

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:42:44 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/ Treasury and Tax Collector, Larry Walker, tells Best Syndication that the county investments have been placed on CreditWatch with Negative Implications by the Standard and Poor’s ratings agency.

This CreditWatch comes after the rating agency place the U.S. government on CreditWatch Negative. Tracy Calentti, with the Auditor’s office said that other local sovereigns were also placed on Negative CreditWatch.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services placed its AAAf long-term rating for the San Bernardino County Investment Pool on CreditWatch with Negative Implications leaving the S1+ volatility rating unchanged. This action was directly related to the CreditWatch Negative issued by Standard & Poor’s on the AAA/A1+ credit ratings of the United States of America (its agencies and instrumentalities).

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Local Representative says Legislation will give local schools flexibility

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:18:59 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) tells Best Syndication that the “The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act” will provide states and local school districts flexibility in how federal education funds are used.

McKeon says that every state, school and classroom is different. “It has been proven times over that our national education system works best when choice and flexibility are granted to local administrators, teachers, and parents as well,” he said.

“Funding can be pulled from specified programs to be used for things such as school improvement grants, aid for the disadvantaged, reading first, math and science partnerships, innovation programs, and rural and low-income programs.”

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President Obama will hold Town Hall meeting on Twitter July 6

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:49:40 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - President Obama will be answering questions during a Twitter Town Hall meeting from the White House. It will be on Wednesday, July 6, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

Prior to the event, you can visit, and ask the questions that you would like to have answered. The questions should be about the economy and jobs.

This is the first time that a Twitter Town Hall has been hosted at the White House. Twitter co-founder and Executive Chairman, Jack Dorsey, is moderating the event.

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County Begins Redistricting Process

Thu, 26 May 2011 21:52:22 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The County of San Bernardino has begun a redistricting process now that final numbers have been provided from the U.S. Census. The county, which does this every 10 years, is looking for public input.

The 2010 Census found that there are has 2,035,210 residents living within the borders. The Board of Supervisors must now parse the information to determine their supervisory districts.

The districts need to of equal population, with deviations as close to zero as possible. The deviation between the largest and smallest district should not exceed three percent.

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Meetings to be held for Redistricting in California

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:55:23 +0000

(Best Syndication News) Local lawmakers are looking for comments on redistricting in California. State Senator Sharon Runner announced two meetings for public input. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 2pm to 5pm at the City of San Fernando City Council Chambers at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando.

The second meeting will be held Sunday May 1 from 2pm to 5pm at Sierra Toyota, 43301 12th Street West in Lancaster. She says the commission is encouraging public input.

They will use census data to assist in their decision making. Preliminary maps will be drawn up with the first round of draft maps which will be released Friday, June 10.

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Planned Parenthood Funding and Government Shutdown Dilemma

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:05:55 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Planned Parenthood funding may get cut if Republicans in Congress get their way. Critics of the program say that the organization has taken $500 million in profits over the last nine years.

The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life entity that has spent over $500,000 to de-fund Planned Parenthood (PP), says it is not worth shutting down the government to save this program.

“It is extraordinary that the President sees federal funding for the nation’s number one abortion provider as more important than paychecks for federal workers and funding for our military,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List said.

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Paul Ryan Calls for Deep Cuts in Budget

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:51:23 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Congressman Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress have put forth their budget proposal that would cut $6 trillions from the deficit over the next ten years.

The Congressman said that no “one” party or person is responsible for the “looming crisis”, but “since President Obama took office, our problems have gotten worse.” He said that America is loosing its “safety net” for the poor.

But not all members of Congress are on board. Nancy Pelosi tweeted: “Path to Poverty budget eliminates guaranteed benefits for seniors under Medicare”. The Democratic Congresswoman from California said the “Ryan budget is a path to poverty for America's seniors & children and a road to riches for big oil”. She went on to call the proposal “immoral”.

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Representative McKeon Joins Others in Defending the DOMA

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 07:49:07 +0000

(Best Syndication News) Congressman Buck McKeon has joined other Republicans in Congress to protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The law, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, has come under fire from the Obama Administration. There have been several lawsuits filed against the United States concerning its constitutionality.

Last month Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo regarding the lawsuits, which his office will have to handle. Holder said that the law may not stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

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Google Earth offers free interactive tour for Presidents Day

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:08:50 +0000


Google Earth Presidents Day Tour

(Best Syndication News) - Presidents Day is tomorrow, and to pay tribute to all those that were elected to lead the United States, Google has a special interactive trip through all of them. You have to have Google Earth plug-in installed on your system and then you can watch a tour of all the presidents were they came from and pinpointed on the map.

As you progress through time and the United States of America boundaries change as the nation expands westward. It is interesting to see that many of the early Presidents came from Virginia.

When you take the tour you get a picture of each president along with their name where they came from along with their birth and death year. If you are interested in learning more about the president there is a link to for more reading.

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Republicans Respond to State of Union Address

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:03:43 +0000

(Best Syndication News) Republicans want to continue to focus on jobs and the economy. Following the State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama, Congressman Buck McKeon, Republican from the high desert and Santa Clarita, said he hopes the legislative and executive branches will work together.

The House of Representatives recently voted to repeal Obamacare. The goal is to cut spending and create jobs.

The congressman released this statement today:

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